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On his desk — placed so its visible on his Zoom calls — Flagship Pioneering founder and CEO Noubar Afeyan has a plaque imploring those who see it to “trust your crazy ideas.”

It’s effectively a slogan for Flagship Pioneering, the brazen venture capital firm behind Moderna.


Moderna itself was something of a “crazy idea” — using mRNA as a therapeutic wasn’t mainstream when the venture firm spun out the startup in 2010.

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